Virtual Education Recordings | Series 3 | 2022-23

What to Tell Prospective Parents

Session 1

18 Oct 2022

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Facial Clefts

Fetal orofacial clefts are among the most common fetal anomalies and can accurately be diagnosed with ultrasound. Although most facial clefts are isolated, some are associated with genetic syndromes. Postnatal management, ideally in multidisciplinary units, is recommended to ensure optimal long-term outcomes. In this Virtual Education Series session, prenatal and postnatal experts will summarize the state-of-the-art evidence for the perinatal management of fetuses with orofacial clefts, including the most recent data on antenatal diagnosis, genetic work-up and postnatal therapy.

TALK 1:  Ultrasound diagnosis of facial clefts. Michael Bethune, MD — publications by Bethune M

TALK 2:  Genetic testing in cleft lip and palate. Lilian Downie, MBBS, FRACP, PhD — publications by Downie L

TALK 3:  Surgical approach to cleft lip and palate. David Chong, MBBS, FRACS — publications by Chong D

Session 2

30 Nov 2022

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Fetal Growth Restriction

Fetal growth restriction is one of the most common obstetric complications and a major driver of perinatal mortality and morbidity. In this VES session, international experts in the field described the global impact of fetal growth restriction, provided an update on state-of-the-art screening for this condition and explored the placental and genetic causes of growth restriction. After the presentation, viewers should have a stronger understanding of the pathophysiology of fetal growth restriction, which will empower them to better diagnose and treat this condition in their daily practice.

Talk 1:  Fetal growth restriction — imaging and diagnosis. John Kingdom, MD, FRCSC — publications by Kingdom JC

Talk 2:  Genetic testing in fetal growth restriction. Fionnuala Mone, PhD, MSc (Genomic Medicine), FRCPI, MRCOG, PGCE — publications by Mone F

Talk 3:  Fetal growth restriction – a global perspective. Anne Beatrice Kihara, MMed. — publications by Kihara AB

Session 3

14 Dec 2022

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Surprising Findings on NIPT

Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) has become the gold standard for aneuploidy screening in many countries given it’s higher accuracy than combined ultrasound and serum screening. The test nevertheless has its own problems and can result in challenging clinical decision making. In this edition of the ISPD Virtual Education Series, experts in the field of prenatal screening will review the sometimes surprising findings that can arise from non-invasive prenatal screening and how to deal with these clinically. Additionally, we will discuss how prenatal aneuploidy screening technologies can sometimes open the door to screening for other fetal or maternal problems.

Talk 1:  What to do with an abnormal cfDNA result. Karl Oliver Kagan, PhD. — publications by Kagan KO

Talk 2:  Unusual NIPT results and maternal malignancy. Diana W. Bianchi, M.D. — publications by Bianchi DW

Talk 3:  Viral testing on NIPT samples – the future. Erik A. Sistermans, PhD. — publications by Sistermans EA

Session 4

18 Jan 2023

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Fetal Heart Disease

Heart defects are amongst the most common congenital anomalies and occur in up to 1% of neonates. Thanks to the implementation of fetal anatomy screening programs in many countries, fetal cardiac anomalies — and in particular severe cardiac anomalies such as those resulting in hypoplastic ventricles — are diagnosed before birth. A prenatal diagnosis often triggers questions regarding other associated structural or genetic anomalies or syndromes and raises questions regarding further pregnancy management and postnatal care. In this session of the ISPD Virtual Education Series, experts in the field of fetal echocardiography, prenatal genetics and cardiac surgery discussed the prenatal diagnosis and perinatal management of severe congenital heart defects.

Talk 1:  Ultrasound of the four chamber view. Lindsay Freud, MD, FASE. — Publications by Freud LR

Talk 2:  Genetic anomalies in fetal heart disease. Ruth Newbury-Ecob, MBChB, FRCP, MD — Publications by Newbury-Ecob R

Talk 3:  Postnatal management and long-term outcomes of hypoplastic heart syndrome. Yves d’Udekem, MD, PhD — Publications by d'Udekem Y
Session 5

8 March 2023

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There are about 2 million stillbirths worldwide each year, the majority of which occur in low and middle income countries. These devastating events have a wide range of causes, including amongst others fetal anomalies, infections, growth restriction, genetic diseases and intrapartum events. In this edition of our Virtual Education Series, experts in the field presented on the causes and work-up of stillbirth, thereby providing the attendees of this seminar with elements to advance their practice and work towards reduction of preventable causes.

Talk 1:  Investigations of stillbirth. J. Ciaran Hutchinson, MBBS, PhD, FRCPath — Publications by Hutchinson JC

Talk 2:  Stillbirth prevention in well-resourced settings: What and how? Vicki Flenady, PhD, MMedSc — Publications by Flenady V

Talk 3:  Stillbirth in the developing world. Sarah Weiling Li, MBChB, MPH, MRCOG, MMed(O&G) — Publications by Li SW

Session 6

3 May 2023

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Genetic causes of fetal limb anomalies

Please join us of the final session of our Virtual Education Series prior to the annual conference in Edinburgh. This session will focus on imaging and genetics of fetal limb anomalies, which are often markers for more complex fetal conditions. Where the first talk will cover the use of ultrasound to detect and categorize certain anomalies, the second talk will delve into the genetics behind them. We have identified two internationally recognized speakers and educators to explore this topic for us and hope that these talks will provide you with valuable insights and knowledge to inform your clinical practice. Looking forward to seeing you soon online!

Talk 1:  Imaging of fetal limb anomalies. Joanna Sichitiu, MD — Publications by Sichitiu J

Talk 2:  Genetic causes of fetal limb anomalies. Eva Pajkrt, MD, PhD — Publications by Pajkrt E